How to Measur Software Quality Metrics

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A software metric is a standard of measure of a degree to which a software system or process possesses some property. A measurement is one way to understand how well a process is working and what a process is doing.

Software metrics can be classified into three categories:
I] Product metrics

II] Process metrics and

III] Project metrics

I] Product metrics:-
Describe the characteristics of the product such as size, complexity, design features, performance, and quality level.
Mean time to failure

Defect density

Customer problems

Customer satisfaction.

II] Process metrics:-
Can be used to improve software development and maintenance.
Examples include the
Effectiveness of defect removal during development

Pattern of testing defect arrival

The response time of the fix process

III] Project metrics:-
Describe the project characteristics and execution
Examples include the
Number of software developers

The staffing pattern over the life cycle of the software




Above Software Quality Metrics are measured in terms of:-
Customer satisfaction

Conformance to requirements

Quality of design

Quality of standard

Quality of performance

Software Quality Metrics are measured on following function points:-
1. Data communications

2. Distributed functions

3. Performance

4. Heavily used configuration

5. Transaction rate

6. Online data entry

7. End-user efficiency

8. Online update

9. Complex processing

10. Reusability

11. Installation ease

12. Operational ease

13. Multiple sites

14. Facilitation of change

Metrics are used to,
1. Take the decision for next phase of activities such as, estimate the cost & schedule of future projects.

2. Understand the kind of improvement required to success the project

3. Take decision on process or technology to be modified etc.

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